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Natural Images in Economic Thought

Natural Images in Economic Thought
Markets Read in Tooth and Claw

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Part of Historical Perspectives on Modern Economics

Philip Mirowski, Arjo Klamer, Thomas C. Leonard, I. Bernard Cohen, Ivor Grattan-Guinness, Randall Bausor, Theodore M. Porter, Timothy L. Alborn, Michael V. White, Sharon E. Kingsland, Paul P. Christensen, Michael Hutter, Margaret Schabas, Camille Limoges, Claude Ménard, Neil B. Niman, Alexander Rosenberg, Geoffrey M. Hodgson, James P. Henderson, James Bernard Murphy, David Chioni Moore
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  • Date Published: July 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521478847

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  • This collection of interdisciplinary essays is the first to investigate how images in the history of the natural and physical sciences have been used to shape the history of economic thought. It documents the extent to which scholars have drawn on physical and natural science to ground economic ideas and evaluate the role and importance of metaphors in the structure and content of economic thought. These range from Aristotle's discussion of the division of labor, to Marshall's evocation of population biology, to Hayek's dependence upon evolutionary concepts, and more recently to neoclassical economists' invocation of chaos theory.

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    "The book is a good reference for teachers of the history of economic thought or philosophy of economics." The Southern Economic Journal

    "...I recommend this volume to anyone interested in a lively debate about the intellectual cross-pollination between the natural and social sciences. Many of the essays are provocative." John C. Moorhouse, Reason Papers

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    • Date Published: July 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521478847
    • length: 636 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 36 mm
    • weight: 0.92kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Acknowledgements
    Part I. The Natural and the Social:
    1. Doing what comes naturally: four metanarratives on what metaphors are for Philip Mirowski
    2. So what's an economic metaphor? Arjo Klamer and Thomas C. Leonard
    Part II. Physical Metaphors and Mathematical Formalization:
    3. Newton and the social sciences, with special reference to economics, or, the case of the missing paradigm I. Bernard Cohen
    4. From virtual velocities to economic action: the very slow arrivals of linear programming and locational equilibrium Ivor Grattan-Guinness
    5. Qualitative dynamics in economics and fluid mechanics: a comparison of recent applications Randall Bausor
    6. Rigor and practicality: rival ideals of quantification in nineteenth-century economics Theodore M. Porter
    Part III. Uneasy boundaries between man and machine:
    7. Economic man, economic machine: images of circulation in the Victorian money market Timothy L. Alborn
    8. The moment of Richard Jennings: the production of Jevons's marginalist economic agent Michael V. White
    9. Economics and evolution: Alfred James Lotka and the economy of nature Sharon E. Kingsland
    Part IV. Organic Metaphors and their stimuli:
    10. Fire, motion, and productivity: the proto-energetics of nature and economy in François Quesnay Paul P. Christensen
    11. Organism as a metaphor in German economic thought Michael Hutter
    12. The greyhound and the mastiff: Darwinian themes in Mill and Marshall Margaret Schabas
    13. Organization and the division of labor: biological metaphors at work in Alfred Marshall's Principles of Economics, Camille Limoges and Claude Ménard
    14. The role of biological analogies in the theory of the firm Neil B. Niman
    15. Does evolutionary theory give comfort of inspiration to economics? Alexander Rosenberg
    16. Hayek, evolution, and spontaneous order Geoffrey M. Hodgson
    Part V. Negotiating over Nature:
    17. The realms of the Natural Philip Mirowski
    18. The place of economics in the hierarchy of the sciences: Section F from Whewell to Edgeworth James P. Henderson
    19. The kinds of order in society James Bernard Murphy
    20. Feminist accounting theory as a critique of what's 'natural' in economics David Chioni Moore
    Index.

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    Philip Mirowski, University of Notre Dame, Indiana

    Contributors

    Philip Mirowski, Arjo Klamer, Thomas C. Leonard, I. Bernard Cohen, Ivor Grattan-Guinness, Randall Bausor, Theodore M. Porter, Timothy L. Alborn, Michael V. White, Sharon E. Kingsland, Paul P. Christensen, Michael Hutter, Margaret Schabas, Camille Limoges, Claude Ménard, Neil B. Niman, Alexander Rosenberg, Geoffrey M. Hodgson, James P. Henderson, James Bernard Murphy, David Chioni Moore

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